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Author Swislocki, Mark.

Title Culinary nostalgia : regional food culture and the urban experience in Shanghai / Mark Swislocki
Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2009


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 304 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction : thinking about food in Chinese history -- "Only available in Shanghai" : the honey nectar peach and the idea of Shanghai in late imperial China -- A tale of two cities : food culture and the urban ideal in late Qing Shanghai -- From modernity to tradition : Western food in late Qing and early Republican Shanghai -- "Where the five directions come together" : regional foodways, the nation, and consumer culture in Republican Shanghai -- Serve the people : socialist transformations of Shanghai food culture -- Epilogue : Shanghai cuisine past and present : between benbangcai and haipaicai
Summary 'Culinary Nostalgia' is the first Western-language book to explore the unique significance that the Chinese people attach to their country's many distinct regional foods, as well as the shifting roles that Western food plays in urban life. Author Mark Swislocki focuses on Shanghai—a food lover's paradise—as a rich intersection of urban, regional, and national identities, and examines how tastes registered change and continuity at pivotal moments throughout the city's history. From the earliest accounts of Shanghai's specialty foodstuffs to the dazzling variety of regional cuisines and restaurants in the metropolis of today, this book uncovers how city residents have constructed their relationship to the city itself, to other parts of China, and to the wider world. This new history of Shanghai develops an original framework for studying food culture as an intrinsic part of the way Chinese people connect to the past, live in the present, and imagine a future. -- Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-289) and index
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Subject Cooking -- China -- Shanghai -- History
Food habits -- China -- Shanghai -- History
Cooking, Chinese -- Shanghai style.
HISTORY -- Asia -- China.
Cooking, Chinese -- Shanghai style
Food habits
Manners and customs
Shanghai (China) -- Social life and customs
China -- Shanghai
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008029119
ISBN 9780804787468